|Barked: Mon Nov 22, '10 10:01pm PST |
|I think the question is not so much are they lazy, as are they bored. Around home, Ember will wrestle with me, catch a ball a few times and play tug... Maybe it adds up to an hour of playtime, total. She does enjoy a good chew for an hour or so too. So that's 2 hours of strong activity. The rest of the time she lies around, dozing.
If I take her for a walk, she will run for miles, sniffing, tracking, hunting, just running to run. We can be out for hours and she'll still actively avoid the car every time we circle back.
When we go to daycare, she goes non-stop for first 2 - 3 hours, running, wrestling, and tugging, often with 2 dogs at a time. She then plays intermittently for the next 3 - 5 hours, pausing to rest between friends and even taking some longer naps (half hour-ish) toward the end of the day.
She's not lazy by a long shot. I am just not nearly as cool as furry woodland creatures and other dogs. She's bored at home.
Boredom can become routine. I have worked with older dogs in daycare who don't seem to realize they can play all day, because they're so used to sitting around waiting for their people to do something all day long.
Stubbornness over being interrupted at anything is a Husky trait, but if a dog is downright grouchy over being touched I would recommend a vet visit to rule out pain as a cause.
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